After the death of M, Sir James Bond is called back out of retirement to stop SMERSH. In order to trick SMERSH and Le Chiffre, Bond thinks up the ultimate plan. That every agent will be named James Bond. One of the Bonds, whose real name is Evelyn Tremble is sent to take on Le Chiffre in a game of baccarat, but all the Bonds get more than they can handle. Written by
Although the conflict between Peter Sellers and Orson Welles has become legendary, it was reportedly Sellers who suggested Welles for the role of Le Chiffre. See more »
M tells his companions that Sir James had to lure Mata Hari, his true love, across the Spanish frontier into France. Of course, this never happened, and the real Mata Hari never entered France by crossing the Spanish frontier. Mata Hari was last in Spain in November 1916. She was arrested in Paris in February 1917 after the Germans exposed her deliberately to the French as a double-agent because the intel she was providing them was deemed useless (she was recruited by France to seduce Crown Prince Hohenzollern; the French believed mistakenly that he was a commander in his father's army). However, neither the French or the British could produce definite evidence of her spying for Germany at her trial. See more »
You must forgive me, I lose control of myself. I'm a mad fool. Mad.
You want an argument?
Remember, forget everything I tell you.
My lips are sealed.
Lips! Those lips that...
Run. Run along, son.
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The opening credit animation by Richard Williams parodies illuminated manuscripts with cartoon-style calligraphy. It sets the tone for the film as a psychedelic "knight's tale" of Sir James Bond. See more »
I highly recommend this film to anyone who is an aficionado of psychedelic or 1960's film/music/art. This was the most expensive psychedelic project of the entire era to my knowledge, in any format. The sets alone make the the feature worth seeing. Having a keen familiarity with the era and culture may not be enough to prepare one for appreciating this standout curiosity. One must also be widely versed in James Bond, novels and all, to understand much of the humor. That humor is set against an invisible backdrop of the unprecedented popularity of James Bond at the time. A degree of comfort with all things psychedelic is yet another requirement to fully digest this cinematic delight. Please note that this was a very "in" movie, to coin a phrase from the era, which also explains why "Casino Royale ('67)" receives unfavorable reviews. As this lavish production was targeted for the "in" crowd of that bygone era, it is only slightly more alien to the general public today. If you are "in", this high water mark of the era is an experience not to be missed.
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